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Dolphins hire Mueller to be new GM

MIAMI (June 6, 2005) -- The Miami Dolphins hired former New Orleans general manager Randy Mueller as their GM to help first-year coach Nick Saban rebuild the franchise that slid to an embarrassing 4-12 last season.

Mueller replaces Rick Spielman, who left the Dolphins last week after five seasons helping oversee their personnel moves.

Mueller served as a general manager for the Saints in 2000 and 2001. The Saints captured the NFC West title and earned their first-ever playoff win in Mueller's first season with the team.

He has served as an ESPN analyst for the past three seasons.

"I am looking forward to my responsibilities with the Dolphins," Mueller said in a statement from the team. "This is one of the great franchises in the NFL with an unmatched tradition of success, and it's going to be special for me to be a part of that legacy."

Mueller spent 17 years with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Saints, eventually becoming vice president of football operations in 1995.

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